Midnight & Indigo is an amazing new literary magazine for Black women writers.
“Launched in December 2018, midnight & indigo is a literary magazine dedicated to short stories and narrative essays by Black female writers. We exist to make a meaningful contribution to the Black literary tradition, and provide a space amplify and elevate our stories and voices in media.” https://www.midnightandindigo.com/
The website showcases excellent stories submitted by readers. If you are a Black woman who likes to write, I encourage you to submit too! There is also a shop featuring cute tote bags for the Black woman on the go. I recently purchased the “love black female writers” bag. It was relatively inexpensive and shipped quickly. The bag has been a wonderful way to big up Black women writers. I definitely recommend it!
I try to engage in self-care. It’s difficult to do on a consistent basis as a busy mama. And it’s an internal struggle using extra funds to splurge on myself, and not on buying the kid a new pair of shoes. Plus, self-care spaces (spas, yoga, etc.) have been heavily promoted and imagined as a pleasure for white women. When I celebrated my birthday last fall, I decided to treat myself to a soak and sauna, with a massage sandwiched in between. I found it interesting that the mostly white staff seemed surprised and even a bit hostile I was there. I guess a Black woman wanting to focus on self/healing was unthinkable to them.
This past weekend, I attended a fundraising event for an organization that is dedicated to encouraging Black/communities of color to practice self-care. I had a wonderful time and ate some amazing Thai curry chicken soup! I enjoyed all the guest speakers, especially Day Bibb. Bibb shared about being a survivor of domestic violence. She noted when she was seeking services to reclaim her life/sense of self after leaving her abuser, white medical practitioners were eagerly willingly to give her medication to “deal with the trauma.” However, she realized she was never provided self-care resources. She made the profound point that Black women aren’t seen as worthy of self-care spaces. We are just expected to “mule” and take the lumps and bumps of life, without recourse. It reminded me of my experience at the spa. The look on their faces that read they didn’t think I belonged.
The truth is, self-care is more of a necessity for Black women than it is for white women. Let’s be honest. What do white women go through? They live in a society that puts them on pedestal, coddles their white woman tears, and pretty much let them get away with nonsense (all those 911 ones on Black people for eating while Black, swimming while Black, napping while Black, etc., were majority placed by white women).
Self-care spaces need to be more open and welcoming to Black women because we need/deserve it the most. This country was built off the bodies/labor of Black women, and we continue to be exploited/marginalized. Bibb stated Black children also need time for reflection/to breath, as they are even ruthlessly attacked under the system of white supremacy/oppression.
Self-care is self-love and I’m working hard this year to treat myself more and allow myself space to just be.
and I know I’ve been MIA. I’ve been busy with work, parenting, and just living life. I hope the new year has been treating everyone good so far. It’s hard to believe it’s March and spring will soon be upon us. Thank goodness. I am done with winter 🙂 I’m going to make a better effort to keep up the blog. However, I’ve been indulging more in my video editing skills with my YouTube channel. If you want to keep up with my latest shenanigans..check me out on that platform. I have included my most recent video below.
The biggest thing I’m looking forward to this month, is attending the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference. It’s being hosted for the first time in my city. The AWP is considered one of the largest literary conferences in the country. I received a scholarship to attend, and I’m sooo excited! The thought of all those books, writers, and workshops in one spot makes me shiver. Yes, I’m a book nerd at heart. I plan to share about my experience…so keep an eye out!
Have a great rest of the week 😉
I love a scrumptious muffin. Especially, with a nice cup of coffee. Muffins make amazing treats on a laidback Sunday afternoon or a hectic work morning. So, when I saw this recipe for cinnamon sugar pumpkin muffins, I had to share the wealth. Can you imagine taking a bite of these delicious muffins after opening gifts and laughing with friends and family? This is an intricate recipe, but well worth it! It’s muffin time 😉
Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins
- 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 15 oz can pumpkin
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk original
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
- 2/3 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup chopped pecans
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon OR pumpkin pie spice
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Line two muffin pans with muffin liners (24 total) and set aside.
- Combine flour, salt, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and baking soda in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin, coconut oil, almondmilk, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine.
- Slowly fold dry mixture into wet mixture just until combined.
- Use an ice cream scoop to fill muffin liners about three-quarters full.
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
- Combine sugar, pecans, and cinnamon in small bowl. Stir.
- Sprinkle a teaspoon or more of the topping on top of the muffins.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes in muffin pan before removing to a cooling rack.
Recipe from: Mom on TimeOut
It’s hard to believe we are just a week away from Christmas! 2018 has been the most bizarre year ever. While I am looking forward to 2019, I’m kind of scared to see what the new year will bring. Until then, I guess I will console myself with delicious treats. As y’all know, I love sharing recipes. I came across this mouth-watering dessert. I normally don’t care for pecan anything, but I will make an exception for this! A great dish for the season. Grab a mixing bowel and enjoy 🙂
Caramel Apple Pecan Pie
- 9 apples, peel, core and slice (Granny Smith)
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp corn starch
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- ¾ cups butter, 1½ sticks
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 stick butter, cut into small pieces
- 2/3 cup boiling water
- 3 Tbs sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375°
- Add sliced apples to large mixing bowl.
- Sprinkle brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, corn starch, lemon juice and nutmeg over apples.
Stir until apples are coated then add pecans. Stir.
- In a small heavy bottom pan, melt butter over low heat.
- Stir in brown sugar and milk.
- Bring to a boil over low heat and continue stirring constantly for 12 minutes.
Remove from heat and add 1 tsp of vanilla. Stir.
Let caramel cool for 10 minutes. Pour over apple mixture and stir (save a small amount to drizzle over the top. You will have to heat it up again so that the sauce is easy to pour).
- Pour into an ungreased 13 x 9 baking dish.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and salt together.
Using a pastry blender, mix butter into flour mixture until crumbly.
- Pour in boiling water and stir until combined.
Spoon mixture over apples and spread making sure to cover all the apples.
In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle on top.
- Bake for approximately 35 minutes, or until topping is golden brown.
Recipe from Great Grubs Delicious Treats
It’s hard to believe it was just this year the phenomenon of Black Panther hit the theaters. The film went on to gross over a billion dollars within a matter of days. The thrill of seeing a new Black superhero on-screen, after being inundated with Spiderman/Batman/Iron Man movies, brought Black folks out in droves. It was a refreshing time, an opportunity for Black folks to have fun for a change, in a society that works hard to suppress our joy.
While there were debates on the characters of T’Challa/Black Panther vs. Killmonger, everyone loved them some Shuri. Shuri’s (Letitia Wright) infectious giggle and her brilliance/creativity with technology, made her an instant favorite. Especially, with Black girls/women. So, it’s fitting that she would be the next character to get some shine, after Black Panther. Last month, author Nnedi Okorafor, announced her collaboration with Marvel Comics to start an unlimited series on Shuri.
Of course, everyone just about fell out, including myself. I ordered a copy right away. I thought I would share it, cuz hell why not. If you are a Black girl/woman who is a huge fan of Shuri, let me know why. You can submit a paragraph gushing about Shuri, write a poem, etc., however you like to express yourself. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Shuri Giveaway” in the subject line. Ready, set…go! 😉
“you think material things is what I need/but all I ever wanted was you”